The 5 simple tricks you should follow to take care of your memory

He deterioration of the hippocampus, a reduction in irrigation blood or a deficit hormonal they can lead to progressive wear of the memory as we get older. The maintenance of this is not just based on mental exercises with the aim of improving it. To keep the memories there is also a base physiological You have to take care too.

And, it is normal that with the years we leave getting more clueless. Lapses and difficulty in evoking past actions are quite frequent. The difficult thing comes when these problems increase exponentially. Especially you have to be aware of signs such as behavioral changes, confusion, disorientation, decreased physical health or incontinence, as explained by the senior doctor Elaine Healy in U.S. News'.

Before your memory starts to fail – even if you are still young – there is a series of strategies endorsed by medicine and that show that there is no reason to resign yourself to losing memories because of age. It should be noted that if it is a problem of dementia, such as Alzheimer's, you should see a doctor.

Eliminate your problems

In many cases memory problems have to do with certain causes that the doctor can help alleviate. The main enemies of memories are the depression and anxiety, since the mood is vital so that they are well fixed in our mind. In fact, the mental states related to sadness end up preventing short-term memory from functioning correctly.

Watch your blood pressure

Problems related to high blood pressure that has not been treated on time They are related to the ability to store and process memories. Some dementias and mild cognitive impairments have, in fact, their basis in this disease.

It should be noted that hypertension affects almost 40% of adults, and in the elderly it reaches 70%, according to data from the Spanish Heart Foundation. It is a serious condition that affects the brain, getting to cause cerebral infarctions (stroke or ischemic stroke). It also affects the kidneys, which can lead to kidney failure. And, of course, to the heart itself, being able to produce coronary insufficiency and angina pectoris. In the worst case, it can cause dilation (aneurysm) or rupture of the aorta.

Go running

Exercise regularly, in particular aerobic sports (‘Running’, cycling, swimming, rowing …), improves memory, according to a study published by the University of British Columbia. These activities seem to have direct repercussions on the hippocampus, the area of ​​the nervous system most compromised for verbal memory and learning, and can increase its size.

Directly, this training increases blood flow, reduces insulin resistance and stimulates trophic factors, a set of substances of a protein nature that together with hormones and neurotransmitters play a fundamental role in interneuronal communication.

Hypertension problems – which have not been treated in time – are related to the ability to store and process memories

In addition, indirectly, aerobic sports improve moods, reduce stress and improve sleep. All of them are determining factors to achieve an optimal memory, as we have explained previously.

Mediterranean diet

Be that as it may, the Mediterranean diet is present in almost all healthy living tips. This way of eating that we carry by flag in Spain, Italy and Greece increases longevity and causes fewer cases of Alzheimer's disease to be recorded.

And we don't say it, a study carried out by two Australian universities indicates that the doses of fruits, vegetables and fish present in this diet, combined with the moderate consumption of red meat and sugars, provide evidence that memory and attention are improved.

Search for new challenges

Although it may sound useless, have 'hobbies', how to play the game console, When you dominate or complete hobbies, it has the effect of maintaining certain cognitive abilities after a certain age.

Any moment of life is good for acquire new knowledge or even a second language. Whether from an intellectual or practical point of view, the further away the new competition is from what we are used to, the more we will test our brain and the more we will exercise it.

The neurologist of the Vanderbilt Medical Center Allen Sills recommends in 'Men´s Health' to carry out activities such as trying use your left hand if you are right handed and on the contrary. "When you use the non-dominant hand, you activate and connect different brain regions that stimulate new memories," he says.